Val di Sole is a true paradise for mountain bikers. It may host the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, but it’s not just a playground for pros. Riders of all abilities flock to this MTB Mecca thanks to a huge variety of trails and bike parks. With its network of routes, amenities, lifts and cycle buses, it’s uniquely geared for riders.
The 35km long Val di Sole cycle path is the ideal way to get to your starting point. It follows the Noce river through woodland and meadows along the valley floor.
The riding at Val di Sole and Bike Park Val di Sole
Black Snake Trail
This is the legendary and notorious World Cup Downhill MTB track, and it’s got one deadly bite. It’s unbelievably steep, features big rocks and countless big roots – the snakes that give the route its name. It’s a very demanding course that favours riders with high skill levels and technical ability.
Golden Eagle Trail
This intermediate trail offers everything a mountain biker’s heart desires: roots, rock gardens, jumps, berms and Northshore sections. Challenging and intermediate sections are the perfect mix for experienced riders.
La Preda Trail
This is one of six MTB Enduro trails that start at the top of the gondola at the Rifugio Solander, at a height of 2,000m and descends 1,200m to the bottom.
The first part is an easy gravel road with great panoramic views. The second part through a conifer forest is a fun natural trail with some small man-made features. The trail is good for intermediate as well as for experienced riders.
Bike Park Ponte di Legno Tonale
The very first Family Bike Park in Trentino is situated in the heart of the Val di Sole resort at the Valbiolo chairlift station of Passo Tonale. At a height of 1,884m it’s above the tree line and has a high alpine character with stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks, including the famous Monte Presanella.
The park offers three tracks with different skill level. Tonale Easy Rider (easy track), the Upper Way (moderate track) and the Race Line (challenging track) which offers fun riding over Northshore elements including banked turns and jumps.
The easy and moderate tracks are quite flowy and suit all those who have never tried mountain biking.
Where to stay
Riding the lifts
When to go
The lift operating times govern the best time to visit, and that’s from the beginning of June to the end of September. Because Val di Sole is a sunny region it is possible to ride in April but since the lifts are not open, be prepared to pedal! In peak summer daytime temperatures can reach 30ºC but these are the mountains, so always be prepared for the weather to change quickly.